State of emergency lifted in Minden
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | May 9, 2019|
A state of emergency has been lifted in Minden Hills but Gull River water levels are predicted to remain high for quite some time.
The state of emergency ended at 1 p.m. this past Monday, May 6.
“The widespread and significant threat to safety of persons and property from the recent flooding of the Gull River Watershed has stabilized,” the township said in a news release. But it added that due to rain in the forecast, it would not be initiating recovery operations until water levels significantly decline. The township said water levels are expected to stay high for the foreseeable future, and the ground continues to be saturated.
Meanwhile, it said the Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW) continues to manage water flows throughout the system, so it’s strongly recommended that property owners who have a historical susceptibility to flooding, continue to monitor their situation.
Some roads remain closed and are restricted to local traffic only. In addition, Red Cross flood clean-up kits were made available Tuesday, May 7 at the Minden Hills township office at 7 Milne St.
This past Thursday, council also voted to allow the residents, businesses and organizations of Minden Hills to dispose of flood-related waste materials at landfills/transfer stations free of charge.
For information about recovery or the kits, contact the recovery/event coordinator at 705-286-1260 ext. 211 or after hours at 1-866-856-3247. For more information, visit mindenhills.ca for accurate updates.
In addition, the local OPP issued a press release advising people to beware of flood scams. It said that with the recent floods, it’s come to their attention some individuals may be attempting to fraudulently benefit from the situation.
“Given these circumstances, Haliburton Highlands OPP is strongly urging anyone who may wish to support any fundraising initiatives that may be underway or planned for the future, to make sure that they research carefully before they donate.
“Municipalities within the County of Haliburton encourage individuals, businesses and organizations interested in making financial or material donations to contact their local Food Bank, or to seek out a local community organization of their choice (churches, service clubs, etc.),” police said.
If you think you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, contact police at 1-888-310-1122 or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at antifraudcentre.ca
In the latest water level management update from the TSW, they said flows on Gull River and Burnt River have peaked but are expected to remain high because of the high amount of runoff from precipitation.
Parks Canada has launched the Ontario Waterways Water Management InfoNet on the TSW website at pc.gc.ca/en/ lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/info/infonet The InfoNet contains background information on water management practices, updates, frequently asked questions, various reports, and the most recent water levels of lakes along both the Rideau Canal and the TSW.
Of specific note is the new water levels tool within the InfoNet, which provides lake levels data from the last 30 days and graphic representation of levels for the current year. The information comes from hydrometric gauges located at key points along both waterways and is vetted by trained and experienced Parks Canada water management staff. It’s intended as supplemental information only. Parks Canada is still encouraging people to refer to their respective conservation authority or the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry as the primary source for relevant flood forecasting information specific to their area.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.